4 Days 3 nights Walking and Mountain biking with a visit to Machu Picchu
The cheapest way to visit Machu Picchu with trekking and mountain biking. This adventure is a good alternative and much cheaper than the Inca Trail!
Short Description: This is not only an alternative to the Inca Trail, it is the most original and exclusive: following paths only recently discovered. The Inca Jungle trail can be done in either 4 or 3 days and is a mixture of both biking and hiking to Machu Picchu. It is suitable for anyone with a sense of adventure and curiosity.
Day 1: Downhill mountain bike Cusco to Santa Maria
You will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 7.50 am. You will then be driven through the stunning Sacred Valley and dropped off at the 3200m high San Luis. Here you will change into the biking kit provided (gloves and helmet) and receive a 20 minute briefing by your tour guide. Then the fun commences… freewheeling down quiet but challenging roads, past changing landscapes, you will not want to catch your breath until the first picnic stop in Alfamayo three hours from your starting point.
Here you will enjoy your lunch, while taking in the panoramic views. After a quick change and a dab of insect repellent, it is onwards and downwards towards Huamanmarca, site of a recently discovered archaeological Inca finding where your tour guide will provide you with its historical background. You will then carry on descending to 1500 meters, while the jungle´s edge rears up to the small but charming town of Santa Maria.
Here you can browse the internet, buy snacks or just rest your legs and enjoy a cold beer before dinner of traditional Peruvian food. Here you will stay in a family run hostel and sleep in either single, double or triple rooms (Hostel Choquequirao).
Day 2: Trekking Santa Maria – Santa Teresa
You will wake up at around 6.30a.m to enjoy the finest indigenous coffee. You will then begin your walk, which gets progressively steeper, until arriving at a family restaurant in Santa Maria where you can relax in hammocks, admiring the coca plantations and receive refreshments while being entertained by the monkeys. After a short walk you will reach a traditional Inca Trail, which winds around slopes and drops for approximately half a mile.
The descent continues for just over two hours until you reach Qellomayo, a small town, where you will have lunch.
From Qellomayo it is a short walk beside the Rio Vilcanota until reaching the famous hot springs of Colcamayo. Here you can enjoy the hot waters and relax in these natural settings. After relaxing in the hot springs you will carry on to Santa Teresa where you will spend the night (Hostel Machu Picchu).
Day 3: Trekking Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
You will wake up and have breakfast at around 7a.m. After breakfast you will walk to Colpani which has amazing views, until you reach the restaurant where you will have lunch at Hidro electrico. From here it is only about a two and a half hour flat walk to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu.
Included is dinner at a local restaurant before retiring to your hostel with hot water and private bathrooms.
Optional additional activities:
Canopy (company “Cola de Mono”) South America`s highest Zip Lines. Approximately 15 minutes from Santa Teresa. The duration is roughly 2 hours. The price is $60 USD Per person.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
We will have our breakfast very early in the morning. Then we will start our last day by climbing up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. The “Lost City of the Incas.” We will be some of the first visitors this day. Your bilingual guide will take you through the vast ruins for about 2 hours.
After this you will have some free time to wander around by yourself. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was “rediscovered” by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911.
The guided tour of this fascinating place is an inspiring experience. You will visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds.
After the excursion you can walk to Inti Punko, the “SUN GATE” to take your famous photo, or to the mountain behind Machu Picchu “ Huayna Picchu “, the hike takes about 45 minutes, from here you have stunning views over the whole complex! But be careful, from 2005 there is a new rule that only allows 400 people a day to visit Huayna Picchu.
The gates will close at 12p.m. And you have to book your tickets in advance. After your free time you can walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon we will take the train back to Cusco.
- Transport from Cusco to San Luis.
- Professional bilingual guide.
- Bike with front suspension, gloves and helmet.
- Food, from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day.
- Accommodation for 3 nights.
- First Aid kit.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Train back to Ollantaytambo, then bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Breakfast on the first day.
- Final lunch in Aguas Calientes.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu and back.
- Entrance fee to the hot springs in Santa Teresa or Aguas Calientes.
- Entrance fee to Wayna Picchu (you have to book when you reserve your tour and is subject to availability)
What do you need to take?
- Wind jacket.
- Solar protection.
- Mosquito repellent.
- Swimming suit and towel.
- Sandals / flip flops.
- Hiking boots.
- Change of clothing.
- Small backpack.
- 150 soles in extra money.
- Original passport.
- ISIC student ID if applicable.
What do we need when you make a reservation?
- Full name as it is written in your passport.
- Fax or scan of your international ISIC student card (if you have one the tour will cost $18 less).
- Passport number.
- Date of birth.
- Departing date for the trail.
- We ask for a 40% deposit, sending to us via Western Union, or even better via visa online through this website: VISA
The balance you will pay at our office in Cusco before the start of the trek. We accept cash USD or credit card (+6%)
If a notification of cancellation is received from the moment of reservation till 8 days prior to the date of the beginning of the Trek, we charge a cancelation fee of 70 USD per person for the 4 day Inca jungle.
No refund will be made if the notification of cancellation is received 8 or less days before the beginning of the Trek, or in the case of a no-show by person(s) or for cancellations made during the trip itself.
Note: This 4 day trek is the cheapest way to do hiking and biking with a visit to Machu Picchu, this means that the accommodation + bikes are basic and you will eat in local restaurants, along the way you will eat lunch boxes.